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Did You Know?

  • The Jefferson Hotel was supposed to open on November 1, 1895, but at the last minute it was realized that November 1 was a Friday, and it was considered bad luck to start anything on a Friday. So the hotel was opened on Halloween instead.

  • From the time the hotel opened until 1937, rooms were just $1.50 per night.  A room with a private bath was $1 more per night.

  • The Thanksgiving Day Dinner at the hotel in 1949 cost $2.50.

  • When Elvis stayed at the hotel in 1956, he brought his own television and the hotel manager was shocked that Elvis ate his bacon with his fingers.

  • In the mid 1950s, the hotel had a pink limousine to drive guests throughout the city.

  • The Jefferson has been in several movies including My Dinner with Andre (1981), First Kid (1996), HBO's Ironed Jawed Angels (2004), The American President (1995) and the recently discovered Rock and Roll Hotel (early 1980's).

  • Alligators once resided in marble pools in the Palm Court Lobby.  Richmonders would vacation in Florida and bring the baby alligators home as pets.  As they outgrew sinks and bathtubs, residents would bring them to live at The Jefferson.  Tour the hotel’s public area and see how many alligators you can find today!

  • Thirteen US Presidents, including Harrison, McKinley, Wilson, Coolidge, Taft, both Roosevelts (Theodore and Franklin Delano), Truman and Reagan, both Bushes (George H. W. and George W.), Clinton and Obama have been guests at The Jefferson Hotel.

  • Legend says that Bill "Bojangles" Robinson was discovered by his life-long agent while dancing across the dining room at The Jefferson Hotel. 

  • Frank Sinatra once entertained guests in Lemaire at The Jefferson Hotel with an impromptu performance after enjoying his dinner.

  • Artifacts from over a century of the hotel’s history are housed in a museum at the bottom of The Grand Staircase, including a photo of Elvis at the hotel's old lunch counter.

  • The priceless statue of Thomas Jefferson that stands watch over the Palm Court lobby has only left his post on one occasion.  In the 1902 hotel fire, he was rescued from the building only to have his head bumped on the cobblestones.  He took a brief vacation to Edward Valentine’s art studio where his head was reattached.

  • The Grand Staircase at The Jefferson Hotel has long been rumored to be the staircase featured in the iconic film, Gone with the Wind.

  • The Jefferson Hotel is often cited as one of the finest examples of Beaux Arts architecture still in existence today.

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Light Lunch

Secondary Menu

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LIGHT LUNCHEON

All Selections are served with Dessert,
Freshly Brewed Coffee, Decaffeinated Coffee or Tea.
Bread and Butter accompany Salads and Quiche.

Caesar Salad
Grilled Breast of Chicken on Crisp Romaine Leaves
Traditional Caesar Dressing, Shredded Asiago
Multigrain Croutons
$22
Substitute Shrimp, Salmon or Grilled Flank Steak
$26

 Nicoise Salad
Herb Poached Tuna (4 oz), Haricot Verts, Cherry Tomatoes,
Olives, Red Bliss Potatoes, Romaine Lettuce
Aged Sherry Vinaigrette
$28

Southern Salad Trio
Cage-Free Farm Egg Salad, Chilled Peas and Pimento Cheese,
Cobb's Tarragon Chicken Salad on Romaine
Served with Crackers and Hinged Rolls
$28

Chesapeake Quiche

Jumbo Lump Crab, Country Ham, Asparagus, Cherry Tomato and Cheddar
Chef's Choice of Seasonal Salad
$24

Quiche Provençal
Artichoke Hearts, Baby Spinach, Olives, Rosemary, Piquillo Peppers and Asiago
Chef's Choice of Seasonal Salad
$20

Southwest Quiche

Tender Chicken, Roasted Corn, Green Chiles and Pepper Jack Cheese
Chef's Choice of Seasonal Salad
$21

Club Kaiser

Shaved Ham, Turkey, Bacon and Smoked Gouda
Alfalfa Sprouts and Tomato with Dijonnaise on a Multigrain Kaiser Roll
Fresh Fruit
Chef's Choice of Seasonal Salad
$21

Roast Beef and Brie Ciabatta
Thinly Sliced Roast Beef and Brie
Alfalfa Sprouts and Tomato with Horseradish Sauce
Fresh Fruit
Chef's Choice of Seasonal Salad
$20

Roasted Chicken Sundried Tomato Focaccia
Chicken, Cheddar and Tomato with Chipotle Aioli
Cous Cous Tabbouleh
Fresh Fruit
$22

Roasted Chicken Flat Bread
Tender Chicken, Tomatoes and Mesculin Greens in a
Tandori Naan with Cumin Yogurt Dressing
Cous Cous Tabbouleh
Fresh Fruit
$21

Multigrain Turkey
Turkey and Havarti on a Multigrain Kaiser Roll
Lettuce and Tomato with Sundried Tomato Spread
Fresh Fruit
Chef's Choice of Seasonal Salad
$20

Italian Hero
Salami, Ham, Turkey and Provolone
Banana Peppers withPepper Relish
Fresh Fruit
Chef's Choice of Seasonal Salad
$21

Green Goddess Wrap
Crispy Chicken Breast, Shredded Romaine Lettuce with
Tomatoes, Eggs, Cheddar and Mozzarella Cheeses
Green Goddess Dressing in a Tortilla Wrap
Orange Blossom Fruit Salad
$21

Spicy Falafel Wrap
Spicy Chickpea Cakes with Shredded Romaine, Diced Tomatoes,
Cucumber Tatziki in a Tortilla Wrap
Fresh Fruit
Chef's Choice of Seasonal Salad
$19

Grilled Eggplant Wrap
Charmoula Spiced Eggplant, Spinach, Pepper Relish, Tortilla Wrap
Fresh Fruit
Chef's Choice of Seasonal Salad
$19

Greek Chicken Wrap
Grilled Chicken, Provolone, Grilled Onions, Banana Peppers, Roasted
Peppers, Cucumbers, Romaine Lettuce and Feta Dressing in a Tortilla Wrap
Fresh Fruit
Chef's Choice of Seasonal Salad
$21